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Joy and fulfillment comes when a circle is complete

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 10, 2011

Today we don't attach a lot of symbolism to numbers. A few, mostly superstitious, remnants remain from former ages, such as seeing the number seven as lucky and the number 13 as unlucky. For the most part, for us, numbers are arbitrary.

This hasn't always been the case. In biblical times, they attached a lot of meaning to certain numbers. For example, in the Bible, the numbers 40, 10, 12 and 100 are highly symbolic. The number 40, for instance, speaks of the length of time required before something can come to proper fruition, while the numbers 10, 12 and 100 speak of a certain wholeness that is required to properly appropriate grace.

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Worshipping as one demonstrates unity among God's people

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October 10, 2011

Sixty-two years ago Pope Pius XII issued an encyclical, Mediator Dei, which encouraged the active participation of the faithful in the Mass. The pope was not enamoured with the common practice of people praying the rosary or other devotions during Mass, but he did make allowance for it.

The Mass then was in Latin and, to follow the Mass, one needed to have a missal with a translation of the Mass on a page facing the Latin. If one was illiterate or couldn't afford a missal, meditating on the mysteries of Christ's life was about the only way one could participate.

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Empty cradle rocks the global economy

October 10, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Throughout the developed world, lowered birth rates and family breakdown will have a devastating effect on the global economy and the welfare state’s viability says an international study released Oct. 3.

“On current trends, we face a world of rapidly aging and declining populations, of few children — many of them without the benefit of siblings and a stable, two-parent home — of lonely seniors living on meager public support, of cultural and economic stagnation,” says the study.

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Evolution is part of God's creation

Prof. Denis Lamoureux

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Evolution is the scientific theory that natural processes over billions of years produced all living organisms, including humans. Creationism is the belief that the world is the product of a Creator.

"Is there a middle-ground position that can accept both Christianity and science?" asked Prof. Denis Lamoureux, lecturing in a Sept. 29 talk at the University of Alberta.

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Young men come to seminary to see where God is calling

Paul Kozinkiewicz

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Four years ago, following a trip to Europe and pilgrimage to Lourdes, Ben van den Bosch was discerning whether he was called to the priesthood.

“Out of that experience I really felt called to the seminary,” van den Bosch said.

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St. Angela Merici, St. Pius X, to close doors permanently

October 10, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Two north Edmonton parishes that have been sharing a pastor for the past decade will soon close their doors permanently.

St. Angela Merici Parish and St. Pius X Parish, which were twinned about a decade ago, are scheduled to close their churches in the next few months.

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Saskatoon Diocese launches miscarriage ministry

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October 10, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — The Saskatoon Diocese has launched an outreach to help those who are suffering the loss of a child through miscarriage.

Those who have suffered miscarriages often need healing and long for acknowledgement, said Elan Ehresman, who coordinates the diocese’s Marriage and Family Life office.

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Sisters overjoyed with recognition

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — It was an emotional Premier Ed Stelmach whose eyes filled with tears Sept. 28 as he spoke of the powerful impact of religious sisters in his life.

Stelmach unveiled the three-metre statue, prominently displayed in front of the Legislature, that honours the contribution of Alberta’s orders of religious women in building the province.

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CCODP boss straddles the divide between critics and supporters

Michael Casey

October 10, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

When the Development and Peace controversy came to a head last spring with the cancellation of Father Luis Arriaga’s talks in Ottawa, Michael Casey soon found himself taking fire from all sides.

As the executive director of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP), Casey faced outraged reaction from his own employees and an online fight by lay supporters, who launched several blogs in French and English.

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Friends can be dangerous

St. Francis de Sales

October 10, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Friends are a good thing. People, after all, are social in nature. We rightly feel sorry for the person with no friends because he or she is trapped in a solitary existence. Friends are people who, by their very existence, call us out of ourselves. A good friend is one of life's richest blessings.

In that regard, it is shocking to read St. Francis de Sales' warning, "Friendship is the most dangerous of all types of love." One should not form any friendship except a spiritual friendship, he says.

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